The Constitutionally protected rights of all Americans are being eroded at breakneck speed in America. Policing methods like stop and frisk, as well as asset forfeiture–a complicated name for giving cops permission to steal–have gutted the Fourth Amendment. And a recent decision by the Supreme Court dealt another blow to the coveted protections against search and seizure. The idea that cops need probable cause and a warrant to search or seize a citizen’s property seems like a relic of history given these developments.
Alton Sterling was shot dead outside of a local convenience store by Baton Rouge cops who’d already pinned him down. Now the convenience store’s owner is suing the city of Baton Rouge and the police department for violating his rights.
Store owner Abdullah Muflahi claims police took him into custody for nothing and illegally confiscated his security system.
The U.S. Department of Justice is leading a criminal investigation into Sterling’s death and local officials are currently investigating as well. Baton Rouge police would not comment on the lawsuit brought by Muflahi.
This wouldn’t be the first time that police confiscated footage after a questionable fatal shooting by cops. After Laquan McDonald was gunned down by police in Chicago, cops there actually gained control of the video and deleted files, Burger King district manager Jay Darshane said at the time.
When members of Chicago’s Independent Review Authority arrived the day after the shooting to review the footage, they noticed that video was missing.
“We had no idea that they were going to sit there and delete the files,” said Darshane. “I mean, we were just trying to help the police officers.”
Watch Muflahi’s interview below:
“It made me feel like I was the criminal.”
— Fusion (@Fusion) July 12, 2016